Best Music Movies of 1988

1.

Bird

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David, Damon Whitaker, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Morgan Nagler, Arlen Dean Snyder ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1988-07-01
2.

Hairspray

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Starring: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Vitamin C, Michael St. Gerard, Clayton Prince, Mink Stole ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1988-02-26
3.

Moonwalker

4.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together".

Starring: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Mick Jagger, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker, Brandon Quintin Adams, Maurissa Tancharoen, Ben Aaron, Bilal, Brent Kelly ..
Directed by: Colin Chilvers, Jim Blashfield, Jerry Kramer, Will Vinton
Release date: 1988-10-29
4.

Chet Baker: Let's Get Lost

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about jazz great Chet Baker that intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians.

Starring: Chet Baker ..
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Release date: 1988-09-15
5.

Powaqqatsi

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1988-04-29
6.

Prince - Sign o' the Times

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

In 1987, to capitalize on his growing success in Europe, Prince toured extensively to promote the album of the same name and sales increased accordingly. However, the United States remained resistant to his latest album, and sales began to drop; it was at this point that Prince decided to film a live concert promoting the new material, for eventual distribution to theaters in America. Featuring the band that accompanied Prince on his 1987 Sign o' the Times Tour, including dancer Cat Glover, keyboardist Boni Boyer, bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., guitarist Miko Weaver, drummer Sheila E. and former member of The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink, the film sees the group perform live on stage (although "U Got the Look" is represented by its promotional music video).

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Levi Seacer Jr., Miko Weaver, Dr. Fink, Boni Boyer, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover, Wally Safford ..
Directed by: Prince
Release date: 1988-08-11
7.

Earth Girls Are Easy

4.0
5.4/10 IMDB

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men underneath. After absorbing the native culture via television, the spacemen are ready to hit the dating scene in 1980s Los Angeles.

Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean, Larry Linville, Rick Overton, Diane Stilwell ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1988-09-08
8.

Imagine: John Lennon

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

The biography of former Beatle, John Lennon—narrated by Lennon himself—with extensive material from Yoko Ono's personal collection, previously unseen footage from Lennon's private archives, and interviews with David Bowie, his first wife Cynthia, second wife Yoko Ono and sons Julian and Sean.

Starring: John Lennon, Y?ko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Phil Spector, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, John Lennon
Release date: 1988-10-07
9.

U2: Rattle and Hum

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A concert movie on an unprecedented scale, Rattle And Hum captures U2 - on and off the stage - during their triumphant Joshua Tree tour. From the giant technicolour stadium celebrations to the black-and-white intensity of the indoor shows, this is U2 at their best. Follow the group across America, exploring new influences, playing with the legendary B.B. King from Dublin to Graceland.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, U2 ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1988-11-04
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10.

The Cat Came Back

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

Starring: Richard Condie ..
Directed by: Cordell Barker
Release date: 1988-06-22

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